December 5, 2004 Subject:
Fall Tour 2000. Obviously one can make a case for most SCI tours, but this one is my favorite for sure. Listening to this tour is one of the reasons I am obsessively writing these reviews. I mean, 11/16-11/18 Georgia... it is almost sad to know that they will never top that 3-night stand.
This show is pretty good too; you won't find many bad reviews around these dates. BOTWP is actually fairly standard, ya know, not too funky, not too anything really. But it is still flawless. Towards the end of the jam they keep faking going back into the song (although whether the first time was intentional or not is up to you). Billy on vocals.
Missin' Me > Wheel Hoss is cool, mostly for the extra fast mando in the Missin' Me jam and the Wheel Hoss. Not really a segue. Wheel Hoss is a song they very seldom play, although in this tour they played it (I believe) 4 times. I like the last line of Wheel Hoss. I never really have anything to review regarding Cottonmouth, not that I have anything against the song. I guess there is a very slight rough part in Latinismo in the middle where Kang comes in, but whatever. There is nothing too different about this one anyway. One day I will remember that fall 2002 Latinismo that everyone should listen to and ad it to all my reviews as the suggested one. Finally some afterwards, interestingly no Billy ramblings yet though.
I don't really like 2000 Sweet Melindas, I prefer the later ones for some reason. The segue into Water here doesn't interest me much either. Although if what you consider to be the segue into Water is what I consider to be the intro to Water, then it is really cool and relaxing. I do love 2000 Waters.
Blue Bossa is one of my favorite covers of there's. This one is quite exceptional. Actually, this jam is pretty techno-ish considering its not even 2001 yet. Quite a way to get set 2 started, anyway.
This Little Hands is a little too short for my needs. Not by much, but I prefer at least 12 minutes, unless it is one of those summer 2001 ones that don't have a Billy solo. I guess they were saving energy for the 10/26/00 and 10/29/00 Little Hands double whammy that features the #1 and #3 versions of the song, respectively. If you think my ratings are arbitrary, I can email you charts and other scientifically analyzed data. Anyway, 10/26 is definitely #1, I don't know where 10/29 falls, its up there. But, regarding this one, nothing much happening with the keys, but unexpected timing to go into guitar, considering it had no mistakes. Pretty cool Billy, the musical term I use to describe it is he plays "lots of notes," kind of like 7/4/01. I think his work causes Kyle to let out a muffled "yea." It gets pretty cool with the symbols going into the fiddle too. The awesome Travis continues throughout the fiddle solo. Some high-pitched stuff from Kang, but not as high as 10/30/01. Anyway, this Little Hands still doesn't do it for me, needs better Kyle and a bit more length, or something. Then into White Freightliner. While this White FL doesn't match 3/6/01, which is the standard by which I judge all other White FL's, it is still typical fall 2000 nastiness.
I always enjoy Let it Go. I often like Right Place Wrong Time as well, but I would like to point out that this is the 5th of 6 covers they are playing tonight.
The Climb is good. I am a bigger fan of 10/26/00 and 11/1/00 (8 minutes of Kyle) though. It's not like there's that much variation in the song, anyway. I guess it's worth noting that this Climb has more organ instead of piano during the Kyle part.
Smile does not beat the ones from earlier in the year (3/13/00, 4/7/00, and 4/xx/00 with Darol Anger, for example). I dunno if this is the first time they play Galactic without lyrics or not. I don't like it when they play Walk This Way.